Battery Tender


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tony.melinda
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Battery Tender

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How long should one leave the battery tender connected? I've heard the automatic charging aspect of it will shut it down before causing any damage, then again, others said only 24 hrs a month. Any thoughts?


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Re: Battery Tender

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What does your Owner's Manual say ???
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Ive got one on my trike and its a Battery Tender plus. Ive been using it since I bought the trike and when Im not riding it,Its always on a tender as is my Kawasaki Concours. My last battery lasted 9 years on the wing. Here in the Midwest depending on the weather my trike may not be ridden for up to 6 months because of winter and salt. And it sits in an unheated garage with the battery on a tender.
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I also use a Battery Tender Plus. Mine has been hooked up to the bike and on since November when I put the bike to bed for the winter. I do this every year and got 9 years out of the original battery. Just plug it in and do not worry about it. It is designed to be hooked up and on all the time. I do the same during the summer. The wing will sit for weeks at a time because I use my KLR for all my around town trips. If a ride is not planned, it is hooked up to the tender.
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My bikes are always on a battery tender when parked in the garage.
Can you overcharge with a Battery Tender?
It stops sending a charge once the battery is full. The result is that a battery maintainer won't overcharge the battery like a charger might, which can help extend the life of the battery overall.
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You can safely leave a Battery Tender connected 24/7 indefinitely. It will keep the battery at the perfect state of charge for the longest life of the battery. I have a battery (on a generator) that has been plugged into a Battery Tender continuously for over a decade and it's still in great condition.
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So long as it is a quality tender, you can leave it on indefinitely.
If you have a standard battery, you will periodically need to check the cells for fluid loss, but if an AGM battery, you can just leave it plugged in and not worry or do anything with the battery.

My bike rarely goes more than a week without being ridden, but I put it on the tender every time I get back from a ride.


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